Letters to Editor

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Dear Literacy Link – Leamos Supporter and Editor,

Our most important funder and partner, the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, is once again under threat from the New Mexico Higher Education Department. This probably sounds strange to you if you haven’t been following the politics of funding for small community-based literacy programs, or the machinations in Santa Fe.

Over July 4th weekend, the Higher Education Department’s Adult Education division sent an email to selected New Mexico college-based Adult Basic Ed providers, inviting them to bid on the contract currently held by the NM Coalition for Literacy. The Executive Director of the NMCL was sent this email by a whistle-blower who recognized that this action is not just unethical, but illegal. State agencies must follow established policies and procedures related to putting current contracts out for bid, and these were bypassed. The NMCL’s contract is still in force, and in fact the Coalition is the middle of contract amendments with the State HED for 2019-20.

Who won? The same people that always win and have won for the past one hundred years. The ranchers and the federal Wildlife Services. The vote was three to one by Grant County Commissioners Thursday morning. A fifth Commissioner, Harry Browne, was absent.

For two weeks Grant County was the second New Mexico County to ban Wildlife Services use of leg-hold traps and M-44s. Today the Wildlife Services’ agent has all his tools back in his wildlife killing box. Twelve people spoke up in public input, four for continuing Wildlife Services for their ranches and eight residents spoke up for ending the public tax-payer funded Wildlife Services.

Glenn Griffin
Silver City, NM

As an insurance broker certified to sell beWellnm plans on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, I can personally attest to the importance of the existence of the Exchange in our state. Many people may not realize that the Exchange is far more than a website, it is an extensive organization of counselors, navigators, agents and brokers, community leaders, insurance carriers, and more, who are working together to reduce the uninsured rate and make sure that nobody is denied access to care because they don’t have adequate coverage.

When the Exchange was first launched, there were many hurdles to overcome and the ride was bumpy for every state across the country. Those challenges have been repeatedly discussed and learned from. Some states adapted and adjusted more quickly than others, including New Mexico.

The well worn and trite statement, “You can’t fix stupid.” Aptly describes how the political machinery in America treats Illegal Immigration on the surface. Do not be deceived.

There is no humanitarian crisis at the border. There is asymmetrical warfare being waged against America at her borders and it is a Communist inspired program to bring America to her knees.

Dear Grant County Beat Editor:

In a recent column, Mike Rowse wrote that “a few” of the members of the USA women's World Cup soccer team failed to give proper respect during the playing of our national anthem.

According to all the media reports I've seen on this subject, and pictures of the team during the playing of the national anthem, only one player didn't show respect to the national anthem by putting their hand over their heart and facing the flag-team captain Megan Rapinoe. Videos of the event also show all the players, save for Rapinoe, singing along.

 Just a few comments re Mike Rowse’s column: US Womens Soccer - Embarrassing

Mr. Rowse conveniently forgets that although women soccer players may benefit from a higher percentage of the ad money US Soccer and FIFA receive, their earnings in dollars is significantlynless than what the men earn. Simply put: you can’t spend, bank, or put away retirement percent(ages) regardless of how good the numbers look. If I recall correctly, you can only do that with money. I am sure that even you, Mike, would prefer to have 10% of a $1000 dollars (=$100) than 25% of a $100 dollars (=$25). Time to level the pitch.

Peter Riva, in his June 14 article, Secrets and FACT of CO2, in the last sentence in the next-to-last paragraph, stated that CO2 was now 2% of the atmosphere, which would be 20,000 parts per million, ppm.

I was under the impression that the CO2 level was close to 400 ppm. Could Mr. Rivas please cite the source for his 2% claim?

Thank you,
Peter Burrows

As Sheriff of Otero County, I would like to share with you the impact the recent border crisis has had on our community in Otero County as well as the impact the deployment of 6 New Mexico State Police Officers from our community to assist the Albuquerque Police Department.

Otero County is dealing with a huge influx in drugs coming into Otero County via 2 main drug smuggling corridors. With the removal of the National Guard Troops from our southern border, the United States Border Patrol Check points closing on March 25, 2019, and reallocation of the New Mexico State Police, crime is on the rise in Otero County. We at the Otero County Sheriff’s Office have redirected all of our unobligated patrol efforts to highway interdiction on US 54 and US 70.